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Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood [Kindle Edition]

Jim Fay , Foster Cline MD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Parents need help to teach their teens how to make decisions responsibly--and do so without going crazy or damaging the relationship.

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, from the duo who wrote Parenting with Love and Logic, e

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Psychiatrist Cline and educator Fay's "Love and Logic" parenting method advocates raising responsible children through practice. "Helicopter" parents hover around their children while "drill sergeant" parents give orders to theirs, they claim. Neither of these styles permits children to learn how to make choices and learn from the consequences. The result is that as early as adolescence these children too often make bad decisions. In the context of a healthy, loving relationship, "Love and Logic" parents teach their children responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems, providing skills for coping in the real world. After laying out the principles of "Love and Logic," the authors provide "parenting pearls," which are strategies for applying the method to actual situations such as back-seat battles in the car, homework, and keeping bedrooms clean. The narration, performed by Tim Kenney and Bert Gurule, is clear and energetic. This is an upbeat and sensible approach to child rearing that will be popular in public libraries.?Nann Blaine Hilyard, Fargo P.L., N.D.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Cline and Fay know teenagers well, and the book is engaging. The parenting pearls in the last third of the book are worth the price of purchase. Read it carefully; the book is short on "bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" and long on "do not exasperate your children." --Daniel R. Vander Ark, Christian Home & School Magazine, March/April 1993

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1576839303
  • Publisher: Navpress; Upd Exp edition (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQ5HU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Parenting Handbook September 25, 2012
By Carla S
This is an incredibe book. I wish I had read it sooner. Cline explains the necessity of consistency. He discusses the danger of rescuing teens and how doing so threatens their maturity. The book discuses a variey of parenting styles with the pros and cons of each. Part 3, called Parenting Pearls was my favorite part. Practical solutions are offered for issues such as back talk, driving, curfews, dating, parties, internet, grades, money, music, and jobs, just to name a few.

I recommend this book to anyone wih teens (its never too late) and preteens. You won't be sorry.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! November 9, 2006
I have a very independent 14 year old daughter who does not respond well to being told what to do. Using love and logic strategies works really well with her. If I ask her what her plan is for homework tonight, she gives me a reasonable plan and does it, which is much better than yelling at her all night long to get it done. This works in a lot of different situations. For example if I ask her what the consequence should be (before hand) if she doesn't get her room cleaned when she says she will, there is a lot less arguing about doing her room or about the consequences if she does not get her room clean.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! February 8, 2013
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Great advice, that works. Bonus; so easy to jump around and find info on the issue you need help with. Don't need to read the whole book first, who has time for that when you are in the trenches! :)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent December 19, 2013
I felt that many of the principles in the book are solid; however, I wish I had known about the conservative Christian bias before going into the book. I really struggled to relate to the sections about teens and sex because of the conservative slant. Of course, I don't plan to follow everything I read verbatim, so I discounted the inapplicable sections.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Love and Logic series has been greatly appreciated and used by a number of counselors in the southwest Missouri area. I find this book especially helpful not only for restructuring the behavior of one's own children, but for helping to create a win-win sitution for teenage students. It also makes a great gift for friends and family who are looking for new ways to lovingly outsmart.

Ann L. Allman, Ed.D.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not my cup of tea I guess. Looking for some help parenting a good teen in a difficult world. This books starts off with the "slippery slope" of drugs and sex and proceeds with a "scared straight" case study. I wanted help keeping communication lines open while my teen navigates a very different world than the one I grew up in. Did not make it to chapter two. Moving on to something more relevant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Yelling Matches in Our House! April 7, 2014
By ej719
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from the very first page, this book gives you valuable insight into how teens think and feel differently than parents, and why they act the way they do. It provides practical ways to head off arguments before they start, and how to encourage teens to think and act independently and responsibly. Within the first chapter, and putting those suggestions to the test, the tone of conversation with my 12 year old changed instantly. By the time I'd finished the book and been using the tips for a solid week, I was really amazed at how much better I was handling challenging situations.

There are three reasons why I dinged a star.
1) the way the dialogue examples are written, it plays off as kind of sarcastic and as if the teen is just going to go , "OK! Sure!" when you use the "one-liners". That's not real life and I feel the authors could have expounded more on how to say the phrases lovingly, as well as giving some examples where the teen attempted to escalate to an argument. All the hypothetical kids in this book are far too agreeable!

2) The conservative Christian slant. This is EXTREMELY valuable advice for parents of any or no religion, and the Bible references and such only serve to turn off parents who might otherwise greatly benefit from this book. Also, the chapter about sex and the authors' suggestion for parents of children who identify as gay, was a bit difficult to read. I say difficult because it goes on about how "this isn't the 'norm', and it goes against our faith, and blah blah blah." Minus one point. BUT...rather than being homophobic, the authors just left it as, "God says to love all people no matter what, and gay kids deserve our love as much as straight kids". Plus one point.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting Teens With Love And Logic April 2, 2007
This book was very informative. The techniques the authors describe are effective, and easy to implement. The effort required is well worth it if you are truly interested in changing your teen's behavior.

The last chapter of the book contains what the authors describe as pearls. They are great dialog starters for tough subjects like sex drugs and money.

The only thing I would change about this book; is buying it thirty years earlier, when I raised my first teenager.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference for the teen mind
I have read similar interventions before but the examples are clear and the book is well written
Published 19 hours ago by cheryl mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars ... us that "we just don't know what it is like! " We are too old to...
Our teens keep reminding us that "we just don't know what it is like!" We are too old to remember how things go. :) Oh life lessons, I enjoy this Author's sense of Humor. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Too soon old ... not quite too late smart.
Excellent guidance for parents who want to be calm and confident and for teens who get to face real world experiences and appropriate consequences that are age-specific and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Phil Rohrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Met my needs perfectly.
Published 9 days ago by jill
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware
The Love and Logic website claims its methods are researched. But all that they try to pass off as research is an undated document on their website that has compiled just some... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book helps senior citizen, too
I am lucky enough to have a 13 year old grandson and a Sunday school class of 4 year olds. This book gives me the skills to connect with both ages and do it the right way.
Published 20 days ago by Carolyn B. Toll
5.0 out of 5 stars The Older the Child the More Challenging They Are
As a family coach, this book helps me in giving better questions to my client and better answer for myself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coach Hasbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Book arrived on time. It was in excellent condition, however, the dust jacket was missing as listed during the ordering process. The price was good.
Published 1 month ago by Carla
3.0 out of 5 stars Great advise, but...
As they state, this book really would be better if the child(ren) was raised with the Love and Logic principles, but they still have a lot of good advice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars just as the title says
the book had many suggestions that encouraged more respectful interactions betweenparents & teens .i foundsome to be more harsh than i felt comfortable with but all seemed to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elayne
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